Stools are a piece of furniture that consist of a single seat for one person and a base of one or multiple legs. Traditionally, stools were differentiated from chairs by their lack of a back, but modern variations and definitions of stools may now include designs with arms and backs. The simplicity of the stool concept has made it useful for a variety of functions that include seating for children, flexible outdoor seating, and seating for restaurant and bar counters. When designing or choosing a stool, differences in materiality, durability, height, weight, and seat size are important specifications to consider.

How tall are bar stools?

Bar stools are the tallest type of stool and have seat heights between 29”-32” (74-81 cm). Bar height stools should be used for bar counter heights between 40”-42” (102-107 cm).

How tall are counter height stools?

Counter height stools have seat heights between 23”-28” (58-71 cm). Counter height stools should be used with table and counter heights between 35”-37” (89-94 cm).

How do you make stools taller?

Stools can be made taller by adding leg extenders to the bottoms of each stool leg. Leg extenders fit around legs and should be screwed or snapped into place. After attaching the leg extenders, use a level to confirm that the legs are evenly sized.

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LEM Piston Stool

The LEM Piston stool is a sculptural, swivel, adjustable height stool; though the main objective of the stool was functionality, the stool also has an essence of visual lightness due to its “barely there” appearance. The LEM Piston Stool was designed by Shin and Tomoko Azumi before they split to pursue solo practices.

The LEM Piston Stool has an adjustable overall height between 29.5”-33.75” (75-86 cm), width of 14” (35.5 cm), and depth of 16.5” (42 cm). The seat height of the LEM Piston Stool is flexible between 26.5”-31” (67-79 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the LEM Piston Stool with height, width, and depth dimensions
The LEM Piston stool is a sculptural, swivel, adjustable height stool; though the main objective of the stool was functionality, the stool also has an essence of visual lightness due to its “barely there” appearance. The LEM Piston Stool was designed by Shin and Tomoko Azumi.

The LEM Piston Stool has an adjustable overall height between 29.5”-33.75” (75-86 cm), width of 14” (35.5 cm), and depth of 16.5” (42 cm). The seat height of the LEM Piston Stool is flexible between 26.5”-31” (67-79 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the LEM Piston Stool with height, width, and depth dimensions
LEM Piston Stool
Height:
29.5”-33.75” | 75-86 cm
Width:
14” | 35.5 cm
Length:
Depth:
16.5” | 42 cm
Seat Height
26.5”-31” | 67-79 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Powder-coated or chromed steel column; zinc or powder-coated metal base; stainless steel or plywood veneer seat
Designer
Shin & Tomoko Azumi
Year
2000

Drawings include:
LEM Piston Stool front elevation, side, plan

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Platner Stool

The Platner Stool is a stool created from a plush circular seat set atop a throne of curved metal wiring. The Platner Stool is available in many different types of upholstery and requires over one thousand welds to be created. Warren Platner designed this chair in 1962 and hoped to demonstrate that graceful, decorative, Louis XV-esque furniture can be modern too.

The Platner Stool has an overall height of 23” (58 cm) and diameter of 15.25” (39 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Platner Stool with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Platner Stool is a stool created from a plush circular seat set atop a throne of curved metal wiring. Warren Platner designed this chair in 1962 and hoped to demonstrate that graceful, decorative, Louis XV-esque furniture can be modern too.

The Platner Stool has an overall height of 23” (58 cm) and diameter of 15.25” (39 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Platner Stool with height, width, and depth dimensions
Platner Stool
Height:
23” | 58 cm
Width:
15.25” | 39 cm
Length:
Depth:
15.25” | 39 cm
Seat Height
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Nickel finished steel wire rods; velvet, leather, bouclé or upholstery
Designer
Warren Platner
Year
1962

Drawings include:
Platner Stool front elevation, plan

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Carved Stool

The carved stool is a mix of rustic and industrial qualities showcased through its carved wooden seat and steel base. This backless stool design is simple and modern in its forms and materiality and can be specified for either counter stool or bar stool.

The Carved Stool comes as either a counter stool at 27” (31 cm) tall or bar stool heights at 31” (79 cm).

Elevation and plan drawings of of counter and bar stool height Carved Stools with dimensions
The carved stool is a mix of rustic and industrial qualities showcased through its carved wooden seat and steel base. This backless stool design is simple and modern in its forms and materiality and can be specified for either counter stool or bar stool.

The Carved Stool comes as either a counter stool at 27” (31 cm) tall or bar stool heights at 31” (79 cm).

Elevation and plan drawings of of counter and bar stool height Carved Stools with dimensions
Carved Stool
Height:
27”-31" | 69-79 cm
Width:
16” | 41 cm
Length:
Depth:
15.5” | 39 cm
Seat Height
Weight:
Area:

Height (Counter stool): 27” | 69 cm
Height (Bar Stool): 31” | 79 cm

Materials
Wood seat, steel legs
Designer
Year

Drawings include:
Carved Stool front elevation, side, plan

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Saarinen Tulip Stool

The Saarinen Tulip Stool is formed by single, pedestal base with a cushioned seat on top and is available in a variety of colors. Eero Saarinen’s inspiration for the Tulip Stool came from how troubled he was by the undersides of tables and chairs; he made the Tulip Stool in effort to clear up the “slum of legs” in American homes.

The Saarinen Tulip Stool has an overall height of 17.75” (45 cm) and diameter of 15.5” (39 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Saarinen Tulip Stool with height, width and depth measurements
The Saarinen Tulip Stool is formed by single, pedestal base with a cushioned seat on top and is available in a variety of colors. Eero Saarinen’s inspiration for the Tulip Stool came from how troubled he was by the undersides of tables and chairs by removing legs.

The Saarinen Tulip Stool has an overall height of 17.75” (45 cm) and diameter of 15.5” (39 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Saarinen Tulip Stool with height, width and depth measurements
Saarinen Tulip Stool
Height:
17.75” | 45 cm
Width:
15.5” | 39 cm
Length:
Depth:
15.5” | 39 cm
Seat Height
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Molded fiberglass seat shell; cast aluminum base; upholstered foam seat cushion
Designer
Eero Saarinen
Year
1956

Drawings include:
Saarinen Tulip Stool front elevation, plan

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Mid-Century Stool with Back

A Mid-Century stool with a fabric back and a swivel base mounted to wooden legs. Mid-century stools have a comfortable quality and clean-lined aesthetic.

The Mid-Century Stool comes in variants that include counter stool with a 26” (66 cm) seat and bar stool heights with 30” (76 cm) seats.

Collection of dimensioned drawings of a Mid-Century Stool with Back
A Mid-Century stool with a fabric back and a swivel base mounted to wooden legs. Mid-century stools have a comfortable quality and clean-lined aesthetic.

The Mid-Century Stool comes in variants that include counter stool with a 26” (66 cm) seat and bar stool heights with 30” (76 cm) seats.

Collection of dimensioned drawings of a Mid-Century Stool with Back
Mid-Century Stool with Back
Height:
37.5”-42.0" | 95-107 cm
Width:
20.0” | 51 cm
Length:
Depth:
21.0” | 53 cm
Seat Height
26.0"-30.0" | 66-76 cm
Weight:
Area:

Height (Counter Stool): 26” | 66 cm seat, 37.5" | 95 cm back
Variation (Bar Stool): 30” | 76 cm seat, 42” | 107 cm back

Materials
Fabric seat, wooden legs
Designer
Year

Drawings include:
Mid-Century Stool with Back side elevation, front, back, plan

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